Education is a danger …. At best an education which produces useful coolies for us is admissible. Every educated person is a future enemy.
— Martin Bormann (1900-1945), German Nazi leader
The biggest need, the most urgent problem of each individual, of each person, is to understand life in its uni-total, integral form, because only in that way will we be in a condition to satisfactorily resolve our intimate problems. Our technical progress is fantastic, but it has only caused to augment our aggressive power to destruct each other, and everywhere terror, hunger, ignorance and sickness reign. No profession, no technology can ever give us that that is called plenitude, true happiness. In life, each one of us suffers intensely in his job, his profession, in his routinery way of life; and possessions and occupations become instruments of envy, gossip, hate and bitterness.
— Association of Gnostic Anthropology, Lesson No. 6: “The Human Machine & the Pluralized I”
Like officials in Washington, we suffer from Afghanistanism. If it’s far away, it’s news, but if it’s close to home, it’s sociology.
— James Reston
The division of mankind threatens it with destruction. Civilization is imperiled by: a universal thermonuclear war, catastrophic hunger for most of mankind, stupefaction from the narcotic of “mass culture” and bureaucratized dogmatism, a spreading mass of myths that put entire peoples and continents under the power of cruel and treacherous demagogues.
— Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989), Russian nuclear physicist
Women’s rights, men’s rights — human rights — all are threatened by the ever-present specter of war so destructive now of human material and moral values as to render victory indistinguishable from defeat.
— Rosika Schwimmer (1877-1948), American pacifist, feminist
It is painful to look at your father and realize the old man should not be allowed to manage his own money anymore. This is the discovery the country has made about the party in power. They are inept. The checkbook needs to be taken away. They will rant, they will screech, they will wave their canes at you and call you all sorts of names, but you have to do what you have to do.
— Garrison Keillor
Submitted by Tom Erickson